Windows 7 Client Retail Professional Edition English (x86 and x64) and Windows 7 Enterprise Edition English (x86 and x64) are available in MSDN Academic Alliance since August 6th for download by MSDN AA Administrators. Today (Aug 13), Windows 7 Client Retail Professional Edition English (x86 and x64) are available in ELMS (e-academy License Management System) that distributes the software to students. Enterprise editions of Windows 7 are for lab installs and so are not in ELMS.
See the snapshot of my ELMS download center with Windows 7 Professional (x86) highlighted below. Note that Windows 7 Professional is shown in the dropdown list as well as the box-shot below – either location is valid for obtaining the software.
MSDN AA members using the ELMS download as a distribution mechanism (“Hosted ELMS”) need their MSDN AA Program Administrator managing their school/department ELMS site to enable Windows 7 at their local school/department, thereby making it available to all members at their school/department for download. ( I just enabled it on my ELMS site).
The process to enable Windows 7 for ELMS download:
That’s it – this makes the Windows 7 Professional x86 available in the dropdown as shown above (a couple of more steps makes the box shot as well).
Students can then download Windows 7 from their school/department ELMS download servers (where they have membership accounts).
If you have additional questions, contact your MSDNAA Program Administrator by clicking on the ‘Support’ tab of your school/department ELMS download center and looking for the contact information shared by your Program Administrator.
If you do not know your school/department's MSDNAA-ELMS download site, search for it at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/dd861349.aspx and click on the "Get Software" link against your department.